Basic Pool Care

The 5 essentials of pool maintenance described below will give you a basic understanding of how your pool operates. For a relaxing swimming season, learn these 5 keys and visit your nearest location any time you need assistance or expert advice. Pool care can be simple when you have a plan for routine maintenance and use the best products.

Don’t forget…

Each pool maintenance key is essential. Consider each key as a simple, preventive maintenance step.

5 Keys to Basic Pool Care

  • Circulation
  • Pool water must be circulated for maximum sanitizer effectiveness. The more your water is in motion, the harder it is for bacteria and algae to take thrive. Debris is captured by your filter, too. The best time to circulate the water is during the day, for 12 hours or more.

  • Filtration
  • The filter is one of your most important pieces of equipment. It removes both visible debris and most microscopic matter. Generally, a filter should be backwashed (the removal of material trapped on or in the filter media) or cleaned when the water pressure in the filter reaches 8 to 10 psi above normal. Because backwashing does not remove oils and deeply embedded debris, every filter needs to be chemically cleaned regularly. Please consult our retail experts to establish a proper maintenance schedule.

  • Cleaning
  • Some swimming pools have areas with little or no circulation. This is where algae and bacteria can begin to grow. At least once a week, the walls and floor should be brushed and vacuumed to remove debris that the filter misses. Brushing is a must, even if you use an automatic pool cleaner or retain a weekly service.

  • Testing
  • Every pool has characteristics that must be regularly measured and adjusted. These include the pH level, the level of active sanitizer, the alkalinity level, the calcium hardness level, and the cyanuric acid level. By testing these at regular intervals, you’ll understand how bather load, weather and product application affect the water. We recommend testing your pool water two to three times per week, including bringing a sample of water to our water analysis specialists once per week. This will help you maintain proper water balance and greatly reduce the potential for problems.

  • Chemistry
  • The last step in a total pool maintenance program is applying the right products to your pool water at the right time. This will help you provide a sanitary swimming environment, balance the water to protect the equipment and pool surfaces (unbalanced water can permanently damage both), and provide brilliant, sparkling water that’s inviting.